Canyon Day and Canyon Classroom 2021

In person activities for Canyon Day and Canyon Classroom 2021 have been cancelled due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns.

Alternative activities for 2021 are currently in the planning stages.


Canyon Day is an annual canyon clean-up hosted by Mesa College in conjunction with the City of San Diego and Park Rangers from the Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center. Students, faculty, and staff from Mesa College, along with members of the broader community join together to clean a section of Tecolote Canyon and the nature trails adjacent to the college.

We remove trash, debris and non-native plants, to improve the environment and quality of the trails. Canyon Day is recommended for 8 years and older. Everyone is welcome to participate and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will also receive a FREE commemorative t-shirt (while supplies last). Students can earn up to 4 hours of community service hours for participating.

Canyon Classroom is a free family-friendly educational outreach event with interactive educational booths and activities, designed to inform elementary and middle school children about the wonderful environmental and recreational resources in Tecolote Canyon. A limited number of Canyon tours will also be conducted once the canyon is cleaned. Canyon Classroom is supported by students and staff in Mesa’s teacher education program. Canyon Classroom is all-ages and family friendly. Young attendees will receive a free give-away item (while supplies last). Students can earn up to 4 hours of community service hours for participating.

We hope you'll join us. It’s hard work but loads of fun, and a great way to help your community!

  • Canyon Day Clean-up schedule is below.
  • All participants will be asked to sign a Waiver Form at Registration.
  • Community service credit is available (up to 4 hours).
  • Team Leaders needed. Contact Waverly Ray at
  • All participants receive a free t-shirt and refreshments (while supplies last) and a certificate of participation.

CANYON DAY and CANYON CLASSROOM SCHEDLUE – Canyon Day/Canyon Classroom in-person activities are cancelled for 2021


  • Canyon Clean up is not recommended for children under 8 years of age.
  • Children under 18 must have a signed waiver slips AND be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • The waiver forms are available above and on the day of the event.
  • Closed-toe shoes, long pants and long-sleeve shirts are required. Please bring work gloves if you have some.
  • If you require special accommodations, please contact us.

Are you a camera or video buff? We're always looking for volunteers to take photos or record video for Canyon Day or Canyon Classroom. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jennifer Kearns in the Office of Communications at

If you did not receive your certificate of participation documenting your community service, please email Jennifer Nichols Kearns at


In collaboration with representatives of the various communities surrounding Mesa College, create an opportunity for community collaboration focusing on outreach, education and awareness of conservation of the environment and preservation of Tecolote Canyon.

Community and College Partners

San Diego Mesa College appreciates all of our campus and community partners who help support Canyon Day each year either via cash donations, in-kind donations or volunteerism.

Canyon Day at San Diego Mesa College was conceived of in 2007, and created in 2008 at the recommendation of then District 6 City Councilmember Donna Frye. We appreciate her vision, contributions and participation in this annual event.

2020 Partners
San Diego Mesa College
City of San Diego Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center
City of San Diego Park and Recreation

Nature Links
City of San Diego Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center

2020 Canyon Day Committee

Canyon Day Co-Chairs: Jennifer Nichols Kearns, Director of Communications, and Lorenze Legaspi, V.P. of Administrative Services 
City of San Diego Park Rangers: Steven Smith, Sr. Park Ranger, City of San Diego 
Canyon Classroom Co-chairs: Prof. Laurie Lorence, Teacher Education Program, and Prof. Waverly Ray, Geography

Members: Waverly Ray, Laurie Lorence, Leticia Lopez, Jacqueline Collins, Ailene Crakes, Agustin Rivera, Ryan Shumaker, Michael Fitzgerald, Gilda Maldonado, Steven Smith, Ramiro Hernandez, Jennifer Park, Karla Trutna, Vanndaro Chhum, Shawn Fawcett, Dean Leavitt, Katlin Choi, Anabel Pulido and Hai Duong.

Honorary Members: Pamela Luster, President, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Community College District, Chris Manis, Vice Chancellor, Facilities.

Contact Information

Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Chair and Media Contact

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Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications
Canyon Day Chair and Media Contact

Krista Stellmacher
Director of Resource Development
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